Electric Bicycles Flying Off Racks in Vietnam

With demand for electric bicycles skyrocketing following the recent surge in gasoline prices, many shops in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have run out of stock.

Published: 04-Aug-2008

Nguyen Thuy Ha, a Hanoi student, said she sold her Honda Wave Alpha motorbike to buy an electric bike.

For VND5,000 – to charge the battery – she can ride 40 kilometers, Ha said, adding the switch would save her VND500,000 per month.

Duy Khang, a retail shop in Hanoi selling Asama, a Taiwanese electric bike, said last week sales were four times the pre-petrol hike figure.


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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